When you have a bad cough after a cold this could be bronchitis. If you
have a fever, chills, and aches make sure
to see your doctor. You could have developed acute bronchitis which is
caused by a virus. This is how to cope with
that bad cough left over from the flu or a cold. Make sure you go to
the doctor to check that you don't have
phenomena or some other serious problem in your lungs. When you are
coughing up phlegm and are having trouble
breathing you might have bronchitis.
You should not cough on other people this can spread the infection. Always
take your temperature and try to stay warm. Coughing up mucus will
help clear your lungs and airways, coughing is actually good for you.
You need to rest and let your body work on the infection.
keep the air warm and moist in the room where you are resting.
You can use a humidifier if you have one this will help with your
breathing. You can also boil some water and let
the steam into the room or take a hot shower and breath in the steam
this will help with the bronchitis. You
should drink plenty of liquids. Hot tea, chicken broth, or any type of
hot liquids will help sooth a sore throat
and break up the sputum.
When you lay down it is better to lay in an upright position instead of
laying flat. It is better to stay quiet then trying to do work or
activities this will only make the coughing worse and slow down
getting to feel better. You need to gargle several times a day with
warm salt water a teaspoon of salt in eight ozs. of warm water. Gargle
and spit out the water this will sooth your throat will kill some of
the germs in the throat. It is important to kill the germs.
When you are experiencing some aches and pains you can take some aspirin
but this is a virus and aspirin will have
no effect on it. If you smoke cigarettes this will add to the
bronchitis since the bronchial tubes are already
irritated. You should not smoke at all. It is not advisable to take a
cough suppressant but check with your doctor
if the coughing gets out of control. You should keep an eye on what
you are coughing up to make sure it does not have blood or changes color.
Do not touch other people or cough on them this will only spread the
infection. Make sure to wash your hands several time a day with a good
If you have an underlying chronic disease or
suffer from asthma, allergies, or other serious respiratory problems
you need to see your doctor to see if you have developed systems of
Tell your doctor if you suffer frequent bouts of bronchitis since you may
be suffering from a more serious
respiratory problem the requires medical treatment. While letting
nature take its course is usually the best
treatment. The most worrisome complications include pneumonia, sinus
infections and ear infections.